Ultraman Nexus

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a game by Bandai
Platform: Playstation 2
Editor Rating: 6.5/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 7.9/10 - 30 votes
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See also: Fighting Games, Ultraman Games
Ultraman Nexus
Ultraman Nexus
Ultraman Nexus

War of the Monsters meets the best of Jetman is the best way to describe the experience of playing Ultraman Nexus. From monster battles to hand to hand grappling filled combat between two worthy opponents, Ultra Man Nexus does a rather good job of making you feel like a powerful tool of defense. That doesn’t mean it’s all sunshine and rainbows though, as the game does have its issues. Overall however it is a rather fun and action packed experience that pays homage to its inspiration and original franchise.

Explosive Combat (Literally)

Ultra Man Nexus consists of a series of multiple primarily one on one battles with your opponents. Basically transforming into a fighting game where each opponent is one as equally skilled as the player. Battles can last for short or longer periods of time, but all of them have the same breakneck sense of tension and speed. Each battle feels like a dire struggle between an enemy that is just as if not stronger than yourself.

Combine this with some heavy moves to be performed both by the player and against them, and some stylishly unique and joyful to behold combos, and you get the combat system of Nexus! The combat is fun to watch and satisfying to pull off, but it does have some issues, primarily in its simplicity. The combat is very basic in design, despite the use of some cool looking special abilities and combos, nothing about the combat system is all that interesting or unique. This means that while the many moves you can pull off feel satisfying to look at, executing them doesn’t give the same sense of satisfaction, resulting in a jarring and negative juxtaposition.

Graphical Style

Ultraman Nexus does a rather good job of replicating the look of Tokusatsu characters. The look of the game is a pretty stellar representation of its source material. The biggest issue is not in the graphical style, but in its capability. The graphics are alright, but nothing special, the backgrounds are washed out grays, blues, and browns that don’t provide any interesting backdrop for the action. The textures on each character are rather flat even for a PS2 game, and the enemy designs are nothing to write home about, with some of them being repeated gratuitously. Despite this however, the game never becomes unbearable to look at.

Soundtrack

Ultraman Nexus has the perfect music to rock out to while defending the earth from invading evil forces. Even the title screen has a heart pumping rock and roll track to it. This is how much of the music in the game is presented. Using a fine mix of percussion and strings to create a mood of pure badass action.

The OST may feel a bit uninspired at times, but it never fails to get the player excited about taking down some monsters. Small calming moments are scattered throughout the tracks, giving the player some time to breath before heading back into the action. These moments of calm are greatly appreciated in a game so packed to the brim with action.

Pros

  • Awe inspiring combos
  • Satisfying combat system
  • Authentic Tokusatsu feel
  • Fun and blood pumping music

Cons

  • Simple combat system
  • Lackluster graphical design
  • Uninspired soundtrack
7

Ultraman Nexus is a fun game with some awesome music and pretty satisfying combat. Though it fails to reinvent the genre in any notable or unique ways, it never fails to be a fun time. Even if you’re just staring in awe at the over the top combos or bobbing your head to the music, Ultraman Nexus is a fun time overall.

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Playstation 2

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Ultraman Nexus follows the story of a man who has gained the ability to become Ultraman and must fight off kaiju with his allies. The game has a few flaws, such as repetitive gameplay, but it is still a fun game to play; however, it's mostly a 2D beat-em-up style of gameplay, especially if you’re a fan of the series!

Time To Fight!

You are a member of the Earth Defense Force (EDF), and your mission is to protect the Earth from invaders by shooting them. The game is very fast-paced compared to other games in its series. When an enemy comes down, you have to shoot it before it reaches you, or else it will destroy your buildings and people. You can also use special weapons such as missiles or bombs to defeat enemies if they get too close to your buildings or people. There are also upgrades that can be purchased at stores in between levels so players can improve their abilities as well as unlock new ones such as more potent weapons or extra lives.

Gameplay

The graphics in this game are pretty good for the PlayStation 2, but they're not up to par with today's standards. If you can look past that, though, you'll find a lot of fun things to do in this game. The soundtrack for Nexus is well done. It's not the most memorable, but it fits the game well and keeps you immersed in its world. The sound effects are also quite good—they're clear, crisp, and distinct enough to convey what's happening without detracting from the gameplay experience. Nexus, the game's main character, is a young boy who was rescued by Ultraman Leo when he was attacked by Alien Bat (the series' antagonist). Nexus then decides to join the ranks of his rescuers and protect Earth's peace by fighting against those who wish to destroy it. The story of the game is quite exciting, and it has an interesting twist that I won't spoil for you here. The storyline of Nexus unfolds in 2044 A.D., where Earth has been invaded by alien beings known as "Ultras" (who seem to be humans from outer space). These aliens have been systematically destroying cities around the world one after another in order to take over our planet.

Conclusion

Overall, Ultraman Nexus is a fun game, especially for those who are fans of the series. It has plenty of game modes for you to play, like Vs. mode, Tag mode, Battle mode, and Night Raider mode. All these options give you plenty of replayability, as in some of these modes, you can play with a friend.

7

So if you’re into fighting games like Power Rangers Legacy Wards, you might have a lot of fun with Ultraman Nexus. The game might be a bit outdated, but it can still provide you with some good hours of entertainment.

Pros

  • Plenty of game modes
  • Fun combat
  • Simple mechanics

Cons

  • Short story
  • Uninteresting for non-fans

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Playstation 2 Screenshots

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